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Tomb of Egyptian priest found near Giza

The 4,000-year-old tomb of Rwd-ka, an Egyptian priest, has been discovered near the pyramids at Giza.

The tomb, which belonged to the priest Rwd-ka and dated back to the Fifth Dynasty of 2,514 to 2,374 BC, was found near the pyramids of Giza, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told AFP.

One of the priest’s roles was to lead a series or rituals and prayers before statues of a departed pharaoh who was venerated as a God.

Partly carved from stone, the tomb is painted with a picture of the priest and his wife at a table laden with offerings.

Its walls feature bucolic scenes of cattle grazing and being milked as well as a single image of a cow giving birth, Hawass said.

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